Position: Direct Support Specialist
Location: Branchville, NJ
Shift: Tues-Thurs 2pm-10pm; Fri & Sat 8am-4pm
Assists individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities to lead a independent life; assists with activities of daily living and encourages attitudes and behaviors that enhance community inclusion.
Responsibilities and Essential Duties including but not limited to the following as well as any other duties as assigned by supervisory staff.
Implement and assist individuals with completion of goals.
Provide assistance in daily activities, which may include bathing, feeding, cooking, and toileting.
Ensure optimal physical/mental health by assisting individuals with scheduled medical/psychiatric appointments, monitoring medication supply and administering medication, following prescribed diets, and treatment/behavior plans.
Utilize personal control techniques, when necessary, to ensure safety to individual and others.
Ensure a safe and healthy living environment through routine facility inspections, disinfecting and maintenance of the facility.
Provide safe transportation to and from work/day program services, scheduled appointments, and recreational activities.
Report all incidents, including allegations of abuse, neglect, exploitation, injury and other reportable incidents immediately upon discovery.
Monitor individual’s daily activity through documentation in progress notes, ICL, and verbal communication with supervisors and co-workers.
Attend all mandatory meetings and trainings as required.
Monitor own time card to ensure correct recording of hours worked, and use of benefit time.
Adhere to all Agency policies and procedures.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must be 18 years or older and possess a valid non-probational driver’s license.
Additional Requirements, Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
* Clearance from the Department of Human Services following a federal and state criminal background check, as well as checked against the Central Registry, Child Abuse Record Information, and the List of Excluded Individuals/Entities.
* Pre-employment physical; Pre-employment tuberculosis test; Pre-employment, random, and for cause drug screen as required by The State of New Jersey Department of Human Services.
* Clearance based on a 3-year and annual motor vehicle abstract assessment.
* Must be able to successfully complete required training which includes, but is not limited to:
American Red Cross Adult CPR and First Aid
Medication Administration with on-site competency assessment
Preventing Abuse and Neglect with on-site competency assessment
Positive Behavior Supports (if applicable)
12 hours of professional development annually per calendar year prorated at one hour per month
Specialized Training as required